How to Choose Your Wedding Colour Palette

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Planning a wedding is an exciting and creative process, and one of the most important decisions you’ll make is choosing your wedding colour palette. Your chosen colours will set the tone for your entire celebration, from the invitations to the bridesmaids’ dresses and floral arrangements. Selecting the right colour palette is essential for creating a cohesive and visually stunning wedding day. In this journal entry, I’ll talk about how to choose the perfect wedding colour palette that reflects your style and vision.

consider your personal style

Before diving into colour swatches and Pinterest boards, take a moment to reflect on your personal style as a couple. Do you prefer classic elegance, rustic charm, modern minimalism, or bohemian flair? Your wedding colours should resonate with your style and personality. For example, a classic and timeless couple might opt for a palette of soft neutrals and metallics, while a bohemian couple might embrace earthy tones and vibrant accents.

think about the season

The season in which you’re getting married can heavily influence your colour choices. Nature provides an incredible palette in every season, from the fresh pastels of spring to the vibrant jewel tones of autumn. Consider the backdrop your season offers and choose colours that compliment it. For instance, a summer wedding might feature bright and cheerful colours, while a winter wedding may lean towards deeper, richer hues.

gather inspiration

Create a mood board or Pinterest board filled with images, colour swatches, and inspiration that speaks to you. Look beyond wedding-related content and explore fashion, interior design, and art to find colours and combinations that resonate with your vision. Pay attention to how certain colours make you feel and the emotions they evoke.

venue and setting

Your wedding venue can also play a significant role in shaping your colour palette. Take a look at the venue’s existing decor, such as walls, carpets, and architectural elements. You want your colours to complement the space rather than clash with it.

consult the colour wheel

Understanding basic colour theory can be incredibly helpful when choosing your wedding palette. The colour wheel is a valuable tool for creating cohesive combinations. You can opt for complementary colours – those opposite each other on the wheel offer a bold contrast. For a more harmonious blend choose those adjacent to each other. Consider the intensity of colours as well, mixing brighter with more muted shades for balance.

test it out

Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, it’s time to see how they look together in real life. Collect colour swatches, and fabric samples to create physical samples of your potential palette. Include items like candles you’re considering incorporating. Place samples side by side and assess how they interact. You might be surprised by how different colours appear together in person compared to on a screen.

keep it simple

While it’s tempting to include every colour you love, it’s usually best to stick to a palette of two to four colours. Too many colours can make your wedding look busy and chaotic. Focus on a main colour, an accent colour, and possibly a neutral to create a balanced and cohesive look. Of course, if you’re working with a wedding designer and stylist these are all considerations they’ll help you with.


Choosing your wedding colour palette is a creative and exciting part of the wedding planning process. By considering your personal style, the season, venue, and using colour theory as a guide, you can select a palette that not only reflects your unique personality but also creates a visually stunning and memorable wedding day. Remember that there are no strict rules, and your colour choices should ultimately make you and your partner happy. Happy planning!

With love,